Bernie Sanders Should Definitely Not Drop Out
As is typical in the coverage of the political horserace, people love a winner. Though, despite winning two of three contests on Tuesday night, calls for Senator Bernie Sanders to drop out of the race abound.
Despite having a good night, and pulling in more delegates than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her lead in pledged delegates is still fairly insurmountable. Sanders has to win all the contests left with significant margins to nail down the number of delegates he needs.
So should he drop out? No, of course not. He has money, and that’s really all a candidate needs to go on. Perhaps if he was being embarrassed at the polls and ignored at events (cough, Jeb Bush, cough), he should get out for his own dignity.
Yet, that’s not what’s happening. As long as the money is flowing and the voters are excited, he should stay in.
Brent Budowsky of The Hill argues:
First and foremost, Sanders is now a long shot to receive the nomination for president, but he does have a chance and I would never suggest that any good person and good candidate who still has a chance should be asked to drop out.
Second, and equally important, I believe that the Democratic Party is best served with Sanders remaining in the race, inspiring his supporters and carrying his message (which I favor) to the country. I also believe that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton would be best served if Sanders remains in the race, so long as his campaign remains positive and geared toward championing the progressive populist issues upon which Democrats should run the general election campaign regardless of who is nominated.
It is important to note that polls show that Sanders would defeat every potential Republican opponent, in some cases by large margins, and that he runs stronger than Clinton against all Republicans in match-up polls according to the RealClearPolitics summary of polling. I do not cite these facts as criticism of Clinton; I cite them as praise for Sanders and for the notion that the longer he can carry his message to voters, the better it is for all Democrats.
If the idea that Clinton is a favorite for the nomination means that Sanders should withdraw, wouldn’t it be equally fair for supporters of Sanders to suggest that since polls show that he runs stronger than she does against Republicans, it should be Clinton who drops out? I am not advocating this, obviously, but I think the fair and right thing would be for both candidates to continue their campaigns and the faith of supporters of both candidates should be respected.
I would urge both Democratic candidates to be positive about each other and make the case for all Democrats that Republicans Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) would both be disastrous presidents for America.